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November 2021

G. Michael Wall

Biotech Industry Leader Named Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus

G. Michael Wall, a 1988 University of Mississippi alumnus, has been named the School of Pharmacy Department of BioMolecular Sciences’ 2021 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient.

Wall is senior vice president and chief scientific officer at Nacuity Pharmaceuticals Inc., and vice president of pharmaceutical development for Sound Pharmaceuticals Inc.

“It was such a complete surprise, genuine honor and humbling experience to be notified this past summer as recipient of this award,” Wall said. “During my graduate program, I was privileged to receive the Nobles-Sam Medicinal Chemistry Research Award, so it is very special to receive this award in honor of Professor Sam.”

Pharmacists Sandy and Chad stand behind the pharmacy counter wearing masks.Health Center Pharmacists Keep UM Community Healthy

Throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, the University of Mississippi community has been fortunate to have the exceptional team of health care providers at the University Health Center, including Pharmacy Health Services’ Sandy Bentley and Chad Westmoreland. Read more about their work and how they navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joe Dikun

Faculty Feature: Joseph Dikun

Joseph Dikun is no stranger to the University of Mississippi and the School of Pharmacy. He has been a graduate student at the university for several years, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in pharmacy administration. This year, Dikun became one of the school’s newest faculty members and now serves as an instructional assistant professor of pharmacy administration.

Sharing the Positivity

Meagen Rosenthal

Meagen Rosenthal, associate professor of pharmacy administration, has been named the inaugural interim executive director of the William Magee Institute for Student Wellbeing at the University of Mississippi.

Social Media Moments

Group of students watching a professor during a lab demonstrationDuring Research Week, faculty opened their doors to students and gave them an inside look at the research being conducted at the School of Pharmacy.

Group of students and faculty standing on the field at Vaught-Hemingway StadiumOur student pharmacists, faculty, staff and administrators were recognized by the athletics department for their efforts to provide COVID-19 care and resources throughout the state of Mississippi.

Graduate student showing poster to fellow students and faculty members

The School of Pharmacy hosted its Poster Session in October, where students showcased the details of their ongoing research.


In a new episode of the PharmacyForward podcast, special host Timothy Bloom from the Bernard J Dunn School of Pharmacy spoke with Heather Petrelli from the University of South Florida’s Taneja College of Pharmacy and Teresa O’Sullivan from the University of Washington College of Pharmacy discussed how faculty can facilitate professional identity formation.

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